The lights are on
Vivendi, majority owner of Activision Blizzard, may be looking to sell the video game publisher/developer, and Microsoft and others are being sized up for the sale.
Reuters reports that multiple sources have told it that Vivendi has hired a bank to check out potential suitors for Activision Blizzard. Nothing is official yet, but the report says that Microsoft, Time Warner, and Call of Duty Online's Tencent are being vetted as possible buyers. Again, however, nothing from either side has been confirmed.
The sale of the company would net Vivendi an estimated $10 billion.
One of Reuters' sources speculated that Microsoft might not be interested since it is currently concentrating on the next Xbox home console.
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Why don't Blizzard buy themselves out of ownership???
Diablo 3 on Xbox? Don't see it happening.
Um. To people who think that MS would make it exclusive to 360: That would lose them a ton of money and CoD would die sooner.
Only in a very rare, spectacular play would they make more money off of selling 360's and CODBLOPS1000. I doubt anyone will run out to buy a dying console to play a dying franchise.
If they made it exclusive to whatever the next Xbox is, I think they'd stand a better chance, and that would definitely result in some major money.
I don't know what to make of this.
Well if Microsoft does buy, I would imagine they would try and make CoD an exclusive.
Having Microsoft buy wouldn't be half bad. Time Warner would be ok as well. I don't want to see this get handed off to china though.